Storytelling. Production. Performance. These skills are in demand to produce, host, program, and manage the growing amount of content in today’s digital world.
Businesses of all kinds need to tell interesting, engaging, and effective stories to attract customers. These stories are presented via online and mobile content, podcasts, videos, commercials, news and sports coverage, media and public relations, and sales and marketing for all forms of media, whether it’s radio, television, or online.
To give you the real-world skills and experience you need, BCIT has developed this intensive, job-focused, two-year program. You’ll get invaluable hands-on experience with two practicums and work at the Evolution Podcast Network on SoundCloud, Evolution Video Network on YouTube and Vancouver’s only Modern Adult Album Alternative/Indie Rock radio station, Evolution 107.9 FM.
About the program
- Two years, full-time
- Courses from September to May
- 90% of grads find work in a related industry within three months of graduating
Learn more about why BCIT’s program has one of the best reputations in the industry on the Program Details page.
Work integrated learning
Every full-time diploma program has a practicum component where students spend time with an industry partner (TV and radio stations; production, sports and entertainment companies, plus marketing, media relations, and more). Practicums are typically five weeks long.
Students can also enter co-op in level four.
Who should apply for the BCIT Radio Arts and Entertainment Diploma?
If you’re interested in a unique career in media, including audio and video performance and production, social media, and online content creation, this program is for you.
You’ll be successful in this program and career if you are:
- Flexible and a savvy problem solver
- Creative and work well in groups
- Energetic and outgoing
- People-smart and self-motivated
If you’re excited for a career in media, start your journey today by applying on our Entrance Requirements page.
Your experience matters
Do you already have some experience working in storytelling, audio and video production or media performance? Or have some post-secondary course work in media? You might qualify for advanced placement to help speed your education and entry into your new career in media.
What grads can do
With so much practical experience throughout the program, BCIT graduates are prepared with the knowledge and skills required to launch into a career in many different facets of media performance, production, and storytelling. In fact, 90% of graduates find work within a related industry within three months of graduation.
Learn more about the career opportunities awaiting you on our Graduating and Jobs page.
Students with part-time employment require flexible hours to accommodate the work schedule of this program. The Radio Arts and Entertainment program always receives more applications than available seats, so apply early.
Bring Your Own Device & additional equipment
Students are required to have their own laptop and additional equipment for recording, editing, and storing audio and other media. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
Radio Arts & Entertainment students do not need to own a vehicle. However, students must have a valid driver’s license and clean driver’s abstract to drive the Evolution Storytelling Company Destination Toyota Prius, and may need access to a vehicle to complete work necessary for certain individual and group projects.
In the Radio Arts and Entertainment diploma program, you’ll learn about the media industry, basic audio and video production, on-air and online storytelling, and marketing and advertising, with a mix of practical instruction and in-class study. You’ll get invaluable hands-on experience with two practicums and work at the Evolution Podcast Network on SoundCloud, Evolution Video Network on YouTube, and Vancouver’s only Modern Adult Album Alternative/Indie Rock radio station, Evolution 107.9 FM.
In this program, you’ll train extensively for the jobs available in the growing world of media performance, storytelling, and production. This includes working closely with industry professionals to learn the skills today’s employers are looking for, all to help prepare you for your dream career as an on-air performer, online content creator, sports announcer, podcast host or producer, marketing professional, and more.
Through BCIT’s Radio Arts & Entertainment diploma program, you’ll prepare and deliver programming presented weekly on the Evolution Storytelling Company’s multiple platforms, including FM radio, YouTube, SoundCloud, website, and social media. As part of earning experience in every facet of performance, production, and storytelling, you’ll rotate through various roles, including performing, writing, publishing, shooting, recording, and editing.
Because BCIT’s first goal is to prepare you for a successful career, we regularly update and adapt our course offerings and hours to meet changing industry conditions and demands. Some classes and practicums may take place outside of normal class hours, including evenings and weekends to offer flexible training opportunities for students.
To give you even more current, relevant experience, you’ll participate in a five-week practicum with an industry-related company to learn on the job and develop connections. Students find practicums in communities throughout the province, across the country, and around the world!
The BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment diploma is offered at one of the most respected business and media schools in Canada—and for you, that means you’ll have the skills, experience, knowledge, and credentials to begin a successful career in this exciting field.
With your diploma, you’re eligible to continue your studies into a communications degree at several institutions, including Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. We even have an articulation agreement with Murdoch University in Australia!
The Radio Arts & Entertainment diploma also ladders into the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration.
Some career opportunities in media available to you as a BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment graduate include:
- News/Sports/Entertainment Anchor
- On-Air Music/Talk Host
- Audio/Video Producer
- Social Media Coordinator
- Marketing Coordinator
- Media Sales Representative
- Play-by-Play Announcer
- News/Sports Reporter
- Technical Producer
- Voice-Over Talent
- Podcast Host/Producer
- Media Relations Coordinator
- Promotions Coordinator
- Ad Writer
“BCIT was a great place for me. I met amazing people and walked away from my two year experience with the skills I needed to work in the broadcast industry. I have great memories of my time spent there, and definitely recommend it to anyone interested in a career in media.”
Tamara Taggart, 30+ year radio and television veteran
“The Radio Arts & Entertainment program taught me all the necessary skills to become a successful broadcaster and gave me the confidence to believe in myself. It shaped me to become very versatile in different areas in media and I am so happy with the decision to go to BCIT. I would highly recommend the Radio Arts & Entertainment program to anyone considering a career in media, broadcast, or communications.”
Simone Grewal, Program Director and Afternoon Host, 104.3 The Breeze
“This Program gave me great building blocks for strong communications skills, such as storytelling, understanding your audience, and pushing my creativity, that I definitely still use today. Those two years, and the great people I shared them with, continue to be important to my career.”
Russel Lolacher, Director of Web and Social Media Services, BC Ministry of Transportation
The BCIT Radio Arts & Entertainment faculty has prepared students for the media industry longer than any other school in the province. Our enviable track record means you learn from only the most qualified instructors who possess a unique combination of skill sets. These skills have been developed by years of industry experience and as educators.
There are five full-time and one part-time faculty dedicated entirely to the Radio Arts & Entertainment program and each is responsible for specific areas of the curriculum.
The range of experience our faculty brings includes on-air performance, audio and video production, podcasting, news and sports writing and presenting, web and social media content writing and management, and sales, marketing, and advertising.
- Kathryn Stewart, Program Head (on leave)
- Brian Wiebe, Instructor (Acting Program Head)
- Kevin Ribble, Instructor
- Gord Eno, Instructor
- Adnan Hussein, Instructor
- Todd Hancock, Assistant Instructor
- Martin Strong, Instructor (fill-in)
- Shushma Datt, CEO, Spice Radio, i.t. Media Broadcasting
- Mike Eggen, Senior Account Executive, Bell Media Vancouver
- Brian Adler, Head of Channel Management and Production, Broadband TV
- Mike Whittingham, Executive Producer, TSN
- Cal Koat, Owner, Calcopyrite Communications Inc.
- Simone Grewal, Program Director and Afternoon Host, 104.3 The Breeze
- Chris Duncombe, Director of Streaming and Podcasting, Corus Entertainment
- Taryn Stephenson, Brand Partnership and Sponsorship, Music Heals Canada
- Pamela Jones, President, L.A. Jones Talent Management
- Erin McKinley, Manager, Communications and Media Relations, Coast Capital Savings
- Steve Pratt, Co-founder, Pacific Content
- Taralynn Reburn, Senior Director, Sales, Canucks Sports and Entertainment
- Stephanie Pound, Communications and Events Coordinator and Senior Communications Advisor, BC Assessment
- Russel Lolacher, Director for Digital Communications (Content, Engagement), BC Ministry of Transportation
- Ross Hawse, Independent Media Consultant
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